Being a VanDam in the bass fishing trade cuts two ways. High-quality, reliable advice is usually available, and it opens a lot of doors; family history and reputation counts for something in this business.
When the water temperature is in the 40s or low 50s, the fishing can be really tough. And few conditions are tougher than cold water that's stained or muddy. In fact, it may just be the worst scenario for winter bass fishing.
A 19-year-old kid almost won the Bassmaster Southern Open tournament on the St. John's River in Florida last weekend. In a sport where the last three Elite Series Rookies of the Year were ages 25 (Derek Remitz in '07), 37 (Steve Kennedy in '06) and 30 (Dave Wolak in '06), a teenager at this level of the circuit is borderline astonishing.
With BASS formally up and running in early 1968, founder Ray Scott knew he needed more than just his tournament series to keep existing members interested and new members sending in checks.
That big ol' bass in your favorite lake or pond really doesn't give a hoot how much you pay for your fishing lures.
Welcome to Bassmaster's reality series! Here, we put top BASS pros on small lakes they've never seen before for seven hours, and then log everything they do to locate and catch bass.
Bassmaster Magazine readers submit their lunkers for publication in the February 2008 issue.
Nearly all of bass' movements in the late fall are related to forage, most notably shad. They change locales as the bait moves around the lake. Kentucky pro Mark Menendez has a system that keeps him in fish all day long, regardless of the conditions.
A lot of fishing fans believe that BASS began with the first modern fishing tournament on Beaver Lake, Ark., in the summer of 1967.
Peter T wins 2008 Southern Open #1 on St. Johns River in Florida